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Blues Forward Tarasenko Named NHL Rookie of the Month

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St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia steps out onto the ice as the team is introduced for their first game of the season against the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 19, 2013.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia steps out onto the ice as the team is introduced for their first game of the season against the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 19, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, who led all rookies in scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists) in seven games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Tarasenko edged Tampa Bay Lightning center Cory Conacher (3-6–9 in six games), Edmonton Oilers center Nail Yakupov (4-1–5 in seven games), Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz (2-3–5 in seven games) and Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (1-4–5 in six games).

Tarasenko, 21, made his NHL debut on Jan. 19 and became just the second player in Blues history to score a pair of goals in his first game (Doug Palazzari, 1974-75) in a 6-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. He notched three points (one goal, two assists) in his next game, a 4-3 shootout win over the Nashville Predators on Jan. 21, becoming the first Blues rookie in nearly 35 years to record five points in his first two NHL contests (Wayne Babych, 1978-79). Tarasenko closed the month with a four-game point streak, capped by his fifth goal of the season in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 31.

The Yaroslavl, Russia native was drafted by the Blues in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 Entry Draft.

Vladimir Tarasenko in January:

Date Opponent G A PTS Result

Jan. 19 DETROIT 2 0 2 6-0 win

Jan. 21 at Nashville 1 2 3 4-3 win (shootout)

Jan. 22 at Chicago 0 0 0 3-2 loss

Jan. 24 NASHVILLE 1 0 1 3-0 win

Jan. 26 at Dallas 0 1 1 4-3 win

Jan. 27 MINNESOTA 0 1 1 5-4 win (overtime)

Jan. 31 at Columbus 1 0 1 4-1 win

Totals 5 4 9

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